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Stableford Scoring

The Stableford system of scoring was introduced by Dr. Frank Stableford, of Liverpool, England, in 1932. The system uses points for scoring rounds or competitions. The player’s score at each hole is determined, gross or net, and points are awarded based on that score compared to a target score - usually par:

Stableford Scoring
2 or more over par no points
1 over par (bogey) 1 point
par 2 points
1 under par (birdie) 3 points
2 under par (eagle) 4 points
3 under par 5 points

A player’s competition score is the sum of their Stableford points awarded at each hole. Handicap allowances for Stableford scoring are typically full handicap, but may be adjusted for mixed competitions or play from different tees (which might have different pars).

Full Handicap Stableford

Scorecard indicating Stableford full handicap score

In this illustration, Danny Noonan earned 36 Stableford points for his net hole-by-hole scores. Note that scores better than par (3 points or more) are identified in red, equal to par (2 points) in blue, and other scores in black.

Competition Scores

Net Stableford Scores

The comparison of Stableford scores for the two players on the scorecard indicates Tony has a better net Stableford score with 37 points.